The Tesla Model X is on track to arrive in Australia during 2016 priced broadly in line with the BMW X5, and close to the existing 5 Series-rivalling Model S sedan.
Tesla’s eagerly awaited second model line is to begin production in the US around September this year, and marks the next big step in Tesla’s bold growth plans, which encompass volume increases of more than 50 per cent for several consecutive years.
Speaking at the Geneva motor show last week, Tesla global vice president of marketing and communications Ricardo Reyes told CarAdvice that a price comparison between the BMW X5 and the Model X was “fair enough”, and that it would also be equivalent to the Model S.
The X5 kicks off just south of $85K plus on-road costs for the rear-drive diesel entry model, while the Model S kicks off here at $96K. Expect several Model X variants with different battery packs and driving ranges, with the top-spec version to costs north of $120K.
“It’ll be equivalent, and it’ll be the equivalent of a premium SUV, like the Model S is the equivalent of a premium sedan,” Reyes said, adding the peak driving range would be around the same — or better — than the Model S’s 500km-plus maximum.
The Model X will compete in the growing electrified SUV market against Audi’s forthcoming all-electric Q6, among others. Reyes said Tesla “welcomes” rivals, given any increase in demand for EVs is seen as a potential boost to Tesla. A bigger pie means a bigger chunk for all…
As reported, details posted on Tesla‘s website confirm the new Model X will jump from 0-60 miles per hour (96.6km/h) in “under five seconds”, which the US electric car company says means it will “outperform the fastest SUVs and many sports cars”.
The brand has confirmed the Model X will receive the same powertrain options as the Model S, including the P85D twin-motor all-wheel-drive system that is currently capable of producing 515kW of power and 930Nm of torque.
Also available will be the 60kWh base drivetrain with 285kW of power and the non-performance version of the 85kWh powertrain, which also has 285kW but offers extra battery range – in the Model S, the 60kWh offers 390 kilometres, while the 85kWh offers 502km.
Tesla has also confirmed the car will be offered with its eye-catching and complexly engineered ‘falcon wing’ doors, “allowing easy access to the third-row seat, even from the narrowest of parking spaces”.
As well as rolling out its Supercharger infrastructure across the world — including along Australia’s east coast — Tesla is building a battery ‘gigafactory’ in Nevada, looking at establishing assembly plants in China and Europe and working on the BMW 3 Series-rivalling Model 3.